Louisville Showtuned — 4 Broadway Tunes Rewritten about Louisville


Ever wondered what would happen if Broadway composers and lyricists decided to set their fair gaze and talents on Louisville’s unique charms? The drama, the intrigue, the subcultures, and the excitement?

Okay—probably not.

But you have me to wonder these things for you, with the jazz-hand-inducing results below:


“Louisville Summer Construction”— “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical Les Miserables

There was a time when roads were clear

When all lanes were fast

And drivers were rapid.

There you could drive without a fear

Of a slow crawl along

I-65 or the Gene Snyder

There was a time

Then it all went wrong.


I dreamed a dream in time gone by

With highways clear

And bridges open

But orange construction cones appeared

My trust in the Highway Authority broken.


I sat behind a string of cars

Feeling like I’ve come so far already

The black streets smelling of fresh tar

No movement forth

No movement steady


But I’ve only moved a mile

Construction trucks roll by like thunder

All doubling your commute-time

And tearing your social life to shreds.


“Feels Like Derby”— “I Feel Pretty” from the musical West Side Story

Feels like Derby,

Feels like Derby

Not Thurby, or Preakness, or Oaks!

And I worry

That all of my bets will be slowpokes.


Feels like race day,

Just like race day,

At the Downs the first weekend in May

Feels like Derby

An afternoon of Louisville horseplay.


See that thoroughbred on the racetrack there,

Look at that striking horse run!

Such a speedy clip,

Galloping so fast,

Rounding to finish,

Just two minutes—and won!


“Live! On Fourth Street” – “42nd Street” from the musical 42nd Street

In the heart of our River City

You’ll find a street decked in flair

It’s the part of our River City

That’s one uproarious affair.

It’s neon-decked, liquor-flecked,

If you’ve got a little time to spare,

I want to take you there.


Come and meet those dancing feet,

On the avenue I'm taking you to...


Come and meet those dancing feet,

On the avenue I'm taking you to,

Live! On Fourth Street

Hear the beat of dancing feet,

It's the song I love the melody of,

Live! On Fourth Street.


“Hipsters”— “Memory” from the musical Cats


Sipping cocktails in Nulu

Playing Ping-Pong at Garage Bar

Thriving on irony.

They remember

Bands when they were called something different

And remind you so tiredly.


Any other Broadway songs that should be given the Louisville treatment? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @louisvillecom.



About Ashlie Danielle Stevens
Freelance writer based in Louisville, Kentucky. Writing curator of eclectic experience.
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